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The television series A Young Doctor

Sky Arts
2 Seasons, 8 Episodes
December 4, 2012
Comedy, Drama, Mini-Series
7.9/10
Cast: Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosie Cavaliero, Adam Godley
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A Young Doctor's Notebook Full Episode Guide

  • Natasha departs, leaving the doctor to drown his sorrows. He wakes to find two Bolsheviks demanding to know where all the medicine is. He sets them on a false path toward the supply train, implicating the white guard. As he realizes his mistake he goes after them, but will he make it in time and will he leave those dearest to him to pay for his mistakes?

  • The old doctor visits the young doctor, announcing that he wants to write an opera in an attempt at cathartic self-discovery. He wants to discuss what happened with Pelageya, but the young doctor just wants to talk about Natasha, wondering whether her engagement is a forced aristocratic arrangement. Pelageya becomes seriously ill, and the young doctor is caught up between the two women.

  • The young doctor desperately tries to replace his depleted morphine supply, turning to cocaine and becoming increasingly shambolic. He meets a beautiful aristocrat, Natasha, who invites the staff to a supper, where he discovers she is intelligent and cultured. He becomes besotted and his new attraction prompts him to leave Pelageya, accusing her of nurturing his morphine addiction.

  • The hospital learns that the Zemstvo is coming for an inspection, sending the young doctor and Pelageya into a panic as they fear the discovery of a morphine shortfall. They cover their tracks by re-filling the bottles with water, but the arrival of a group of injured soldiers leads to a life-threatening mix-up.

  • Balancing a heavy workload with a developing morphine habit, the young doctor finds it increasingly difficult to conceal his burgeoning addiction from his colleagues. After one humiliation too many, he resolves to make a clean start and a dedicated effort to combat the syphilis epidemic. But a blizzard-bound journey to visit a dying patient proves his toughest test yet as he confronts his worst fears about what he is going to become.

  • In spite of his success in the operating room, life in the snow-bound hospital begins to take its toll on the young doctor. His efforts to combat his feelings of boredom and isolation are defeated and he wonders how much longer he can last. Nursing abdominal pains and two harrowing cases, the young doctor is tempted by the allure of morphine...

  • Slowly but surely, the young doctor abandons his dreams. His ambition to make medical discoveries is thwarted as he discovers that the locals possess a low cunning and his effort to fight a syphilis epidemic falters in the face of uneducated, hostile peasants. His spirit and sense of purpose remains unbroken, though, until he discovers how brutal day-to-day surgery can be when confronted with a gruesome and barbaric operation...

  • Russia, 1917. Straight out of medical school, a young doctor is sent to a remote village in the middle of nowhere to run a small hospital. He meets his colleagues: overbearing senior midwife Anna, blunt junior midwife Pelageya and his intrusive auxiliary, the feldsher. His first case arrives in the middle of his first night: a peasant with a complicated labor. The young doctor soon discovers that the realities of his profession bear no resemblance to his training and learns that textbooks are no help to him now...

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